Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School Bundles- super cheap!!!

Happy Hump Day folks!!
It's Wednesday {and close to school starting} so that could mean only one thing.....

SALES ARE STARTING!!!!
Wooo-Hoooo!!!

I mean really...who doesn't love a good sale?

I'm so pleased to be a part of Educents and their awesome bundle sets they have going on right now for back to school!! 
They have brought back the best of the best bundles and are rerunning them for a short time only!! That's right, if you missed out the first time around, this is your last chance to scope them up!

{Click the pictures to go directly to site!}
As my viewers here, I think you might be most interested in this Kindergarten bundle.....
 Or this Preschool bundle! 
Both of these bundles are filled with a whole bunch of goodness at an awesome price! 

If you homeschool, or if you're a parent who just needs supplemental items for your own kiddos, be sure to visit the Educents website {by clicking here} to view the other great bundles! There are bundles for all ages to choose from!!

If you see something that speaks to you, be sure to grab it quick! 
This is only a 4 day sale!

And if you need any encouragement to spend money {he he he}....someone wants to tell you a little secret!
Enough said!! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fundraising Bundles for CHD!!

My friend, Mrs. Kelly at Mrs. Kelly's Klass, is hosting a few awesome bundles to raise money for a disease that is dear to her heart! 
She is giving birth on Wednesday (tomorrow!) to a little girl who has CHD! 

Some fellow bloggers have donated units to help raise money to fight this disease!!
Please consider giving to the cause!

Click this link to read all about Mrs. Kelly, her journey and how to score some awesome TpT products for super cheap!! 

Kindergarten bundle #1
 Kindergarten bundle #2
 1st and 2nd grade bundle!
Be sure to visit her page to find out all of the details and links!!

We are praying for you Mrs. Kelly!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Made it Monday!!

Happy Monday friends!!

Are you gearing up for school? It's getting close to 'that time' and I can already hear the excited teachers scoping up great deals, stockpiling on the decorations and running those lamination machines like crazy! Be sure that if you are heading back to school soon, you make the most of what's left of your summer. Hug your own kiddos a little more, enjoy that beautiful sun and for goodness sakes, watch the last of the soap's on TV--you deserve it!! 

On another note, I'm linking up today for Monday Made It! 
I do have a disclaimer before I begin. 
I cannot take credit for any of these following projects! 
I can, instead, give credit to one of my dear friends, Cheri, who we affectionately call a Pinterst addict!! She is always working her magic around the house creating, redecorating or making some new yummy recipe! So, today, I thought it best to display some of her best projects from around her home! {I asked for permission to share with you all and she of course said yes!} 

Made It #1::
 First up, is this great transformation to her trampoline! This clever {and cheap} way to not only add color to the trampoline but same everyone's little fingers from those pesky springs!     

Here is a close up view! 
She just cut pool noodles, made a slit on one side of them and viola! 

Made It #2:
I thought this was so clever!
She has an above ground pool and she is always running into the 'pool toy' issue! She always wanted an easy way to remove the toys when the kids weren't in the pool but she also wanted a way that they kids could access them when they wanted to.  She came up with this idea to get a wire wastebasket, a little 'S' hook and bam--an instant toy keeper! It's close enough to the top of the pool so that the kids can reach inside when they want to. And since it's a wire basket, all the water can drain out of the toys and not mildew! Ingenues I tell ya!! 
Close up view! 

Made It #3:
Here, she made the cutest benches! She made 2 of them and they are on either side of her deck! It's just 3 round wooden poles and 6 cinder blocks! She added these cute, bright pillows and there ya have it! She says it's perfect seating for wet kids when they get out of the pool. They can sit and dry off before getting on the deck or trampoline!!
More of a front view!

Made It #4:
Cheri transformed her umbrella into a great ambiance lighting at night. We always needed a little light when we were hanging out on the deck in the late hours of the night. This lighting is just perfect and just enough to not blind us all!
The 'at night' look!

Made It #5:
She started her own garden this year {and it's producing fabulously}! She made these cute little signs to mark her plants. It was simply left over scrap pieces that she used colored paint pens on to decorate! They all look so cute and add a little color to the garden!

Made It #6:
Cheri found this cute old style tool carrier. She divided it into section on the inside and is growing her own herbs! She labeled the outside as to what is growing inside.  It's nice and portable and easy to move {depending on the sun and water it needs}. 

And last but not least, this cute umbrella and pool floats!
                           
I just had to show them to you in case you are doing a beach theme in your classroom.  The umbrella came from Big Lots and the 2 floats came from Target! Both were super cheap and would be great decorations in the right classroom!!

I hope you enjoyed these Monday Made It's, thanks to my dear friend Cheri!
Didn't she do great??? 
I sure think so! Be sure to leave her some love below!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July's Currently!

I'm joining Farley today for July's currently!!

Here's what I've been up to::

Listening- 
As I sit here typing this, I am listening and watching my 2 kids play with their grandparents (we are visiting them in Georgia at the moment!)  They are all giggling and pretending to fly airplanes in the room.  It's these special moments that I will never forget!!

Loving-
I'm almost done with my newest unit all about learning colors and color words!! It's really coming together and should be finished shortly! Be on the lookout if you need a color pack for your kinder kiddos!!

Thinking-
We fly out today to visit our friends in Kansas before returning to the UK. We have to catch 2 flights and with all of this crazy weather going on, I sure hope we make our flights! {Did I mention I'm doing this by myself with 2 kids?? Pray for me!}

Wanting-
I'd love nothing more than to pack all of my family and friends back to the UK with me. Seriously, can I fold them all up and check them in my luggage???

Needing-
Vacations never seem to last long enough. I just want more time in the day to visit friends, laugh with family and shop! Not to mention I want some extra hours to work on TpT stuff!!

4th plans-
I'll be in Kansas for the 4th of July and can't wait to shoot off fireworks, eat some great food, visit with awesome friends!! We will make memories for sure! 


Be sure to link up now if you haven't already! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Graphs Galore!!

Happy Monday!! 

Let's talk graphs today.
Do you use graphs in your classroom? Do you use graphs for different subjects---everything from math to science to literacy? 

I love graphs for how much information they share. They can be basic or cute...either way, they paint a beautiful picture of information that is easy to see. {And I'm pretty sure kids love making them just as much as I do.} 

One of my most favorite author/singers/creators/blogger is Debbie Clement. Have you heard of her? Of course you have!! She recently created a blog post compiled of hundreds of great graphs that she's seen as she's visited schools. 

Here is her post cover picture:
Click on picture above to view her post!!

Her post is amazing and filled with tons of great ideas. Be sure to check it out if you are in need of a few great ideas to use in your classroom. 

I was so honored that she featured one of my graphs as well:
I made these graphs when we were studying our 'all about me' unit. The kids had a great time graphing their different eye colors {and it made for a great hallway display}!! 

Click here to check out my original post! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Let's talk Pinterest!!

Have you seen this before?
Of course you have! 
{And if you haven't, tell me what rock you have been living under!}

I mean, really.... I think ALL teachers spend a good 2-3 hours of their life on here---every day during the summer! 
Oh, you don't???
 That's just me? Well dang!!

Anywho, I feel like I've been finding some great pins lately! 
Do you follow me?
I hope so!!

This is me on Pinterest:
I'd love for you to follow me if you aren't already!! 
Click here to follow me now! 

I am so proud of myself that I thought ahead and organized my board from the beginning!! I labeled all of my school related boards with 'school' first and then a description of what was on that board. I feel like I saved myself a lot of trouble down the road not having to re-organize everything!!
Here are some of my school boards:


And of course I have other boards too for food, working out, home decor, pictures, etc.
Not to mention that I am on some pretty awesome collaborative boards as well! 

So, if you need some great school ideas for specific topics, or if you just need a good dinner recipe followed by a great workout pin, come on over and take a look!

Be sure to follow me!
And I'll share the love right back and follow you too!

And don't forget, you only have a few days left to grab this awesome pack from Educents!!
For only $9.99 you get 6 great units perfect for preschool and Kindergarten classrooms!! At that price, it's like getting each unit for just over a $1.00 each!! That's a deal!!
Click the picture to check it out now!!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday: All About Buttons!

It's throwback Thursday time!!

Today, I'm bringing you a post I wrote back in September of 2012. It was all about a lesson on buttons. The kids had so much fun that day and it inspired one of my best selling products on TpT! 

Here it is::

Buttons, buttons, everywhere!!!

 
Buttons, buttons and more buttons!
 
Today for math, we sorted buttons! 
And I think the kids were rather amazed at my bucket full of buttons. 
 I think some kids didn't have a clue that there were so many different kinds of buttons. 
Of course, I had to give them a minute to explore and compare the buttons before we could get started.  Their curiosity was just killing them!!!
 
The best 'math tool' that I've found at the dollar store are veggie trays! They are just perfect for sorting buttons!!! I put the buttons in the middle and then they use the side parts for all the different sorts! They trays are the perfect size for this activity and the best part is that a class set to use (1 per table) will only cost you $5.00-$6.00!  I like cheap! :)
 
Once we started the lesson, we started talking about all the different way to sort buttons.  One child immediately came up with the idea of sorting them by their sizes. 
 
So I told the kids, go ahead and sort them into 2 groups-- big buttons and small buttons....

 
After analyzing everyone's tray, the kids put all of the buttons back in the center of the tray and we went on to the next sort.  Another child suggested that we could also sort them by their color!  Since we didn't have enough compartments to sort EVERY color, I had the kids sort them by the colors white, black, red and all other colors. 
 
They did so well with this.....
 

 
And lastly the kids suggested that we sort the buttons by how many holes they had!
Here they are....

 
And I just love this picture....it's hard to see the buttons but I love that the kids were so eager to work. Look all of their busy little hands! That's some little working minds right there!
 
We also made sure to make a list on the board of all the ways we sorted:
 
Next week, I'll be putting these buttons and a sorting tray into a math work station box. 
I know it is sure to keep the kids engaged!

Who knew that sorting little ol' buttons could be such a learning experience??
The product that it later inspired for me was this:

This was a go-to activity for my math boxes.  And of course, it always kept my kiddos engaged!!
Click here to view the specifics on TpT!

Have a great Thursday!!